Warnings about Social Media by Accident Attorney Brad Pistotnik
In today’s day and age we are addicted to our cell phones. Accident attorneys are constantly warning people about the use of cell phones during driving. We all know this is one of the main reasons for accidents, the distracted drivers on their phones. There are other issues that cell phones can cause after you have been in an auto accident. Some of the main issues from cell phones are the uses of the social media apps. Social media apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter us pictures and descriptions of our lives that we like to share with our friends. If you are involved in a lawsuit of any kind it is very important to pay attention to what you put on social media. It is very often that a personal injury lawyer will recommend that you stay off of all social media until your case is settled. There are many ways that social media can hurt your case. There are ways to protect yourself and make every effort to preserve the merits of your case.
Attorneys are doing their clients a favor to tell them to deactivate or stop using all of your social media accounts. This may be very difficult for those who live on social media but Brad Pistotnik Law would like you to know how it could hurt your personal injury claim. If you are injured in an accident don’t post anything about that accident anywhere on social media. You could make a harmless comment such as “I am so happy to be alive.” The insurance company is simply noticing that you are not hurt bad enough to post to social media. They may see a happy picture that doesn’t show any bruises or scrapes. No matter how harmless you think your post may be, the insurance company will use whatever they can to their benefit. If you are out celebrating an event and dancing or acting happy the insurance company will have evidence that your life is wonderful and fine. These pictures can be used at trial as evidence to hurt your case. Always assume that anything you post on social media is public. This means comments, pictures, interests, likes and dislikes. Beware of positive and derogatory comments, they can all come back to bite you.
If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident contact Brad Pistotnik Law now for a free consultation to know your rights. Brad Pistotnik Law is located in Wichita but can help you across Kansas including Dodge City, McPherson, Salina, Topeka, Hays, Liberal and Kansas City. It is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer before you damage your case and give a statement to the insurance company. Brad Pistotnik has been helping injury accident victims for over 30 years.